The stunt is so incredibly perfect that many have doubted its authenticity, but Volvo has declared that its new viral online commercial featuring actor Jean Claude Van Damme doing an epic split between two moving Volvo FM trucks is real.
"The stunt is real and is performed in just one take," Anders Vilhelmsson, public relations manager for the Volvo Trucks brand, told The Wall Street Journal. "It's a daring stunt but we had full control. There was never any real danger involved."
In the commercial, Van Damme first appears with his arms folded and eyes closed with the soundtrack to Enya's "Only Time" playing in the background. more >>
The Church of England is closer to moving away from its traditional position of electing only men as bishops after an overwhelming majority voted in favor of female bishops at the General Synod in London on Wednesday.
"These measures look to the day when the Church of England as an ecclesial entity will have made a clear decision to open all orders of ministry to women and men without distinction, whereby all those so ordained are true and lawful holders of the office which they occupy," said the Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester.
"If anyone had told me that one year on from last November we would be where we are, I would have said: 'That's impossible,'" added Christina Rees, a member of the archbishops' council, according to The Guardian. "But by the grace of God it has been possible and here we are. And I believe that what we are considering now is better than what we had last year and I also believe that we are better as a synod." more >>
Unless the church makes a substantial breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, Christianity in Britain is just "a generation away from extinction," says former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
Referencing the Church of England's warning that shrinking attendance could challenge its role as a "national institution," Lord Carey pointed out at a Christian Conference that clergy are currently grappling with a "feeling of defeat" and congregations are weighed down with "heaviness," according to The Telegraph.
On top of that, he said, the public's reaction to all of this is simply "rolled eyes and a yawn of boredom." Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, highlighted the gravity of the dying church by telling members they need to "evangelize or fossilize." more >>
A college prep high school teacher in Italy is coming under fire from liberal activist groups for asking students in a Catholicism class to rank the severity of sin on a list that includes homosexual behavior.
According to the U.S.-based Alliance Defending Freedom legal group, during the optional hour on Catholicism at Liceo Classico Mariotti, a university preparatory high school in Perugia, the teacher distributed a questionnaire to students asking them to rank from 0 to 10 the gravity of sinfulness of a list of activities, including selling drugs, war, terrorism, murder, contraception, abortion, premarital sex, and homosexual behavior.
Two groups, Arcigay and Omphalos Association, learned of the assignment and filed a complaint with the National Anti-Discrimination Office, claiming that the questionnaire provoked discriminatory arguments among the students, ADF said in a statement released Tuesday. more >>
Roy Hodgson will be fielding a strong starting XI for England's International Friendly against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday showing how serious the England manager is about this match.
While there are no points on the line there is national pride and history. England has the opportunity to beat Germany at Wembley for the first time since 1975 and the English supporters will be hoping for a positive result, and certainly a better showing that they put on in their last encounter where they lost 4-1 in South Africa at the World Cup.
During England's last victory against Germany at Wembley 38 years ago Don Revie's side saw off West Germany 2-1 in north London, but the Three Lions have enjoyed victory at home against Germany just once in five attempts since. The Germans have gotten the better of England in some memorable matches including the semifinals of Euro 96, the last match at the old Wembley in 2000 and England's first loss at the new Wembley on 2007. more >>
As the Christmas season approaches and a host of holiday-themed movies line up for release, "The Christmas Candle," based on the novel by Max Lucado, brings the Christmas miracle to the big screen through the story of an enchanting English village harboring a centuries-old legend, and a progressive pastor struggling with the nature of faith.
The movie, based on the 2006 novel of the same name, features a stellar cast with Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans, Sherlock Holmes), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sylvester McCoy (The Hobbit), James Cosmo (Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia), as well as the on-screen debut of Susan Boyle.
The story takes place in a fictional village deep in the heart of the English countryside in 1890, which for centuries has witnessed a Christmas miracle with an angel who visits a candlemaker family every 25 years and touches a candle, which grants a single miracle on Christmas Eve. more >>